Foundling Fellowship

01 January 2012 - 31 December 2012

The Foundling Museum celebrates the ability of artists, past and present, to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young adults. The Foundling Fellowship demonstrates that the tradition of artistic philanthropy established by Hogarth, Handel and their contemporaries in the 18th century, is alive and well today.

Biannually, three outstanding individuals whose work has had a positive impact on the lives of children are awarded a Fellowship.  As part of the Fellow’s commitment to children, they work with the Museum to develop original, creative initiatives that help to support vulnerable and marginalised young people. Since its inception in 2008, the Fellowship has gone from strength to strength and our 2012 Handel and Coram Fellows, Dame Emma Kirkby and Michael Morpurgo OBE are creating projects that will inspire all those involved in them.

Find out more about previous Foundling Fellow events by clicking on the links below.


Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Coram Fellow

Dame Jacqueline, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors has written more than 90 books, including Hetty Feather and Sapphire Battersea, which tell the story and adventures of a girl left in the Victorian Foundling Hospital. The launch of these books was accompanied by family days at the Museum.   

Damon Albarn, Handel Fellow

Richard Wentworth, Hogarth Fellow

Artist Richard Wentworth hosted Soup for 100, an event that formed links between the emerging and the established in arts and education.  He also worked with the charitable arts organisation, ARTISJUSTAWORD who devised drop-in creative workshops at the Museum.


Cerrie Burnell. Coram Fellow

Children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell produced the exhibition, Baby Love that explored, through interviews and photography, the joys, difficulties and reality of being a single mother in modern Britain.

Julian Lloyd Webber, Handel Fellow

Cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber performed to an audience of Gifted and Talented pupils from 3 local Camden secondary schools. The young people were given the opportunity to speak to Julian in a question and answer section.

Grayson Perry RA, Hogarth Fellow

Through a series of workshops culminating in an exhibition, artist Grayson Perry worked with young mothers, young people in care, adoption and supported housing to produce clay reliquaries that explored ideas around identity.


Michael Morpurgo OBE, Coram Fellow

Dame Emma Kirkby, Handel Fellow

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Hogarth Fellow

Artist Yinka Shonibare devised an exclusive Back to Front Weekend which saw children and young people from across London take over and run the Museum, which was transformed into an eighteenth century fair ground.

The Foundling Fellowship was established with the support of the Clore Duffield Foundation.


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